Big Ten to reveal alignment – Michigan, Ohio State split

While the conference has yet to make an official announcement, ESPN.com is reporting that the Big Ten will be split this way for the 2011-12 season:

Division #1
Michigan
Nebraska
Iowa
Michigan State
Northwestern
Minnesota

Division #2
Ohio State
Penn State
Wisconsin
Purdue
Indiana
Illinois

There are always crossover games every year in conferences with two divisions and the Big Ten won’t be any different. Michigan and Ohio State will still play each other every season and with the way the divisions are set up, they have the opportunity to square off in the conference championship game too, if the Wolverines ever become relevant again, that is.

The same goes for Wisconsin and Minnesota when they battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe every year.

Some of the rivalries had to stay intact (i.e. Michigan and Michigan State for one example), and I think the conference decision makers did well with this realignment. There’s no question that there’s a sense of balance between the two divisions.

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